Meet The Team
Founder and Director
The first authority figures to assume I would have a propensity for misbehaviour or reinforce the idea that I was ‘non-academic' was from educators. Despite being published and holding undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in education, the non-academic label is still very much a part of my reflection.
I’m most likely to quote bell hooks and Jay Z in the same sentence. As a lover of hip hop, I try my best to create images and use analogies to enable greater understanding. For example, in the same way, mercaptan is added to give gas a distinctive odour, I see Class 13's role to provide systemic inequality a distinct odour to alert teachers and professionals to the dangers.
As education professionals we often talk about transferring thoughts and ideas into action which is not always easy in statutory institutions, and Class 13 has offered me this opportunity. I am keen to pass on this opportunity to educators. I have over 20 years working with families and young people, coming from training mostly in therapeutic practice. I draw on this knowledge to widen perspectives.
Outside of Class 13?
Family and fatherhood, with a mid-adolescent to present joy and challenge (in relatively equal measure). Love of music with a pretty eclectic (still growing) collection of vinyl. I try to keep an eye on art and culture to inspire and challenge. All happily disturbed by occasional surf trips and generally messing around in the sea.